04 Jan DUNMUN: A resemblance of UN
“You have to fight here, but you are not allowed to touch anyone else. So you have to act, you have to shout,” Khalid Mahmud Saad, the chairperson of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was seen briefing the delegates of his committee in the first session of the most prestigious model UN conference of the country, the Dhaka University National Model United Nation (DUNMUN) 2015, which was held from December 21 to 24.
At the fag end of last year, Dhaka University Model United Nations Association took the initiative to organise the fourth consecutive session of the conference, since 2012, with a view to publicising the idea of Sustainable Development Goals among the youths of the world under the theme ‘Destination 2030: Treasuring the Present for Shaping the Future’.
The initiative turned into a great success as hundreds of students from USA, UK, South Korea, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and some other countries came to join the conference as executive board members and delegates and ended up passing eight resolution papers in the model UN conference.
DU Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the conference at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus. The inauguration was followed by a plenary session with the secretary general of DUNMUN Wahiduzzaman Siddique.
There were 10 committees and each got a total of eight committee sessions and one crisis session. In the three meetings of the dignitaries sessions, the delegates got an opportunity to interact with diplomat M Humayun Kabir, and Foreign Ministry director (economic affairs) Shanchita Haque and director (UN wing) Mosamma Shahanara Monica.
From the very first day, all the committee sessions became lively with the participation of all 500 delegates. Delegates had to submit a position paper on behalf of the country they had been assigned to represent where the position of their respective countries on the agenda of the committee were detailed.
This year, DUNMUN included US Senate as a committee which was chaired by Julie Farzana from USA. Racial prejudice in that country was discussed, with James Suh Won, a student from South Korea acting as the senator of Kentucky, urging to discourage the use of racist ideologies on mainstream media that cater to a young audience.
Each committee made a working paper elaborating the issues mentioned on the agenda. After four days of discussions in the committee and crisis sessions, the committee passed out 20 draft resolutions. In the fourth session, eight of them were passed in the plenary session on the last day of the conference.
Apart from deliberations and debates, DUNMUN is also a vigorous stage for cultural interchange. The secretariat organised cultural activities by both organisers and the delegates on Dec 22-23. Bands like Shironamhin and Oblique performed on the stage on the second day.
A gala dinner was arranged for the participants on the last day, providing everyone with a memory to cherish.